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VCE Drama2014 2018

Written examination End of year

Examination specifications

Overall conditionsThe examination will be sat at a time and date to be set annually by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA). VCAA examination rules will apply. Details of these rules are published annually in the VCE and VCAL Administrative Handbook.There will be 15 minutes reading time and 1 hour and 30 minutes writing time.The examination will be assessed by a panel appointed by the VCAA.The examination will contribute 25 per cent to the study score.

ContentOutcomes 2 and 3 of Unit 3, and Outcomes 1 and 3 of Unit 4 will be examined. All of the key knowledge and skills that underpin the outcomes are examinable. The examination will assess a representative sample of the key knowledge and skills.

FormatThe examination will be in the form of a question and answer book. Stimulus material will be contained in an insert in the centre of the book.The examination will consist of two sections.There will be a combination of short-answer and extended-answer questions. Questions with multiple parts may be used in each section.

Section A: Solo and ensemble devised non-naturalistic performanceSection A will be based on Unit 3 Outcome 2, and Unit 4 Outcomes 1 and 3. This section will consist of two questions, each of which will include a number of parts.This section will be worth 35 marks.Section A will consist of a combination of short-answer and extended-answer questions. These questions may require students to respond to stimulus material. The stimulus material may be presented in the following forms: drama-relatedillustrations/designs otherimages,includingphotographs/designs/illustrations excerpt(s)oftextfromoneormoreplayscriptsand/orothersourcesThe stimulus material will not require any knowledge of the source from which it is derived. Students will be required to read the stimulus material and to apply their understanding and knowledge of devised non-naturalistic play-making and performance, and the ways in which dramatic elements, conventions and stagecraft can be manipulated in performance.All questions will be compulsory.

VICTORIAN CURRICULUM AND ASSESSMENT AUTHORITY 2014

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Section B: Non-naturalistic performance analysisSection B will be based on Unit 3 Outcome 3.This section will be worth 15 marks.SectionBwillconsistofacombinationofshort-answerand/orextended-answerquestions.Thequestionswill relate to plays from the prescribed playlist and may take one of the following forms: Eachquestionwillrelatetoone play from the playlist. Students will select one question.OR Therewillbeonlyone question and students must to respond to it with reference to one play from the

playlist.In each section, space may be provided to give students an opportunity to draw an illustration or diagram, if appropriate.The marks allocated to individual question types may vary from year to year.The total marks for the examination will be 50.

Relevant referencesThe following documents should be referred to in relation to the VCE Drama examination: VCE Drama Study Design 20142018 VCE Drama Advice for Teachers 20142018 VCE Drama Assessment Handbook 20142018 VCAA Bulletin VCE, VCAL and VETTeachers are reminded to check the VCAA website for updates to the VCE Drama Study Design and other information.

AdviceDuringthe20142018accreditationperiodforVCEDrama,examinationswillbepreparedaccordingtotheexaminationspecificationsabove.Eachexaminationwillconformtothesespecificationsandwillassessarepresentativesampleofthespecifiedkeyknowledgeandskills.Teachers and students should note that Section A and Section B of the examination may feature a wide range ofdrama-specificlanguageandterminologythatappearsintheVCE Drama Study Design and other sources. Examplesofsuchdrama-specificlanguageandterminologyincludetermssuchasdramaticmoment,transformationtechnique,montageofimages,etc.Teachersareadvisedtouseawiderangeofdrama-specificlanguageandterminologyintheirverbalandwritteninteractionswithstudents.

Sample examination questionsThe following sample questions are intended to provide an indication of the type and range of questions that students can expect on an examination. The sample questions do not constitute a sample examination paper.Answers to sample questions are not provided.

Notes on questions relating to the prescribed playlistQuestions in Section B on plays from the prescribed playlist may relate to individual plays or they may be generic and require students to respond with reference to one play. In this sample, questions relate to individual plays.The playlist will change every year. Teachers can refer to past papers for examples of questions on plays that are more generic in nature.

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Question 1 (18 marks)Consider how you would use the stimulus material for Question 1 in the insert to develop and present the character of The Distant Relative for a non-naturalistic solo performance.

a. Describe how you would use the play-making technique of researching or brainstorming to develop the character of The Distant Relative. 3 marks

b. Explain how you will use one expressive skill to realise the character of The Distant Relative. 4 marks

Sample questions

SECTION A

Instructions for Section ADetach the insert from the centre of this book during reading time.The insert contains stimulus material for Question 1 and Question 2 in Section A. The stimulus material in the insert must be used when answering both questions in Section A.Answer all questions in the spaces provided.

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c. Describe one dramatic moment that demonstrates the conflict that arises from The Distant Relativesuncomfortableexperienceatthefamilyreunion. 2 marks

d. Explain how you will use the performance skill of timing when transforming object and character to create tension in this dramatic moment. 5 marks

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e. Explainhowyouwilltransformtimeandplacetoshowascenethatexploresanotherpersonsexperience of being an outsider. 4 marks

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Question 2 (17 marks)Consider how you would use the stimulus material for Question 2 in the insert to develop and present a devised non-naturalistic ensemble performance.Your group is to devise, develop and present an ensemble performance based on Extreme Fashion. Thisensembleperformancewillexplorehumanitysfascinationwiththeexaggeratedandextraordinary desire for beauty.

ScenarioAn advertising agency is preparing a presentation for a major client. Trying to convince its client that beauty sells, the advertising agency presents images from a range of different cultures and historical contexts. This ensemble performance explores some of the stories behind the images and gives contrasting views on the idea of the pursuit of beauty.

Characters Arepresentativefromtheadvertisingagency Themajorclientoftheadvertisingagency Afashionfollower ThecharacterofExtremeFashion

Your group will be required to use conventions from onespecificnon-naturalisticperformancestyleinthisensembleperformance.Yourgroupmustalsoestablishandmanipulateanactoraudience relationship that is appropriate to your selected non-naturalistic performance style in this ensemble performance.

a. Identify one non-naturalistic performance style that you will use in this ensemble performance.

Explain how your group will use one convention from this performance style to develop this ensemble performance. 3 marks

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b. Select one of the listed characters. This character will be your focus in the ensemble performance.

Describethischaractersroleandexplainhowtheywillmanipulateanappropriateactoraudience relationship during the ensemble performance. 3 marks

c. Select one play-making technique, other than researching or brainstorming, to use in the development of this ensemble performance.

Explain how you will use this play-making technique to explore the idea of extreme fashion in the modern world. 3 marks

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d. Explain how you will manipulate one prop as an object to transform time and place. 4 marks

e. Explain how your group will use one expressive skill and one performance skill to create contrast within a dramatic moment. 4 marks

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Question 1 (15 marks)Beacheda. Describe how one actor used one expressive skill to create a character in the performance of

Beached. 3 marks

b. Explain how one area of stagecraft was applied to enhance a dramatic moment in the performance of Beached. 3 marks

c. Evaluate how effectively two conventions were used to give meaning in the performance of Beached. 9marks

OR

Question 2 (15 marks)Boxmana. Describe how one actor used one expressive skill to create a character in the performance of

Boxman. 3 marks

b. Explain how one area of stagecraft was applied to enhance a dramatic moment in the performance of Boxman. 3 marks

c. Evaluate how the use of contrast and song enhanced the non-naturalistic performance style of Boxman. 9marks

OR

Question 3 (15 marks)Buttona. Describe how one actor used one expressive skill to create a character in the performance of

Button. 3 marks

b. Explain how one area of stagecraft was applied to enhance a dramatic moment in the performance of Button. 3 marks

c. Evaluate how effectively sound and exaggerated movement were applied to create mood in the performance of Button. 9marks

OR

SECTION B

Instructions for Section BSelect oneofQuestions16below,ontheproductionsfromthe20XXVCEDramaplaylist.Answer all three parts (a., b. and c.). Write the number of the question and the name of the production at the top of your answer in the space provided.

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Question 4 (15 marks)Cut Snakea. Describe how one actor used one expressive skill to create a character in the performance of

Cut Snake. 3 marks

b. Explain how one area of stagecraft was applied to enhance a dramatic moment in the performance of Cut Snake. 3 marks

c. Evaluate how effectively caricature and timing were manipulated to create the non-naturalistic performance style of Cut Snake. 9marks

OR

Question 5 (15 marks)No Childa. Describe how one actor used one expressive skill to create a character in the performance of

No Child. 3 marks

b. Explain how one area of stagecraft was applied to enhance a dramatic moment in the performance of No Child. 3 marks

c. Evaluate how effectively rhythm and tension were manipulated to communicate the themes in the performance of No Child. 9marks

OR

Question 6 (15 marks)School Dancea. Describe how one actor used one expressive skill to create a character in the performance

of School Dance. 3 marks

b. Explain how one area of stagecraft was applied to enhance a dramatic moment in the performance of School Dance. 3 marks

c. Evaluatehoweffectivelysoundandspaceweremanipulatedtoenhancetheactoraudiencerelationship in School Dance. 9marks

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Question No.

Name of production

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b.

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c.

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VCE Drama insert (Specifications and sample) March 2014 1

Insert for Section APlease remove from the centre of this book during reading time.

Stimulus material for Section A Question 1

Character The Distant Relative

Stimulus

Refer to , last image on page

Depth of friendship does not depend on length of acquaintance.Selkies are seals that can shed their skin to become humans.

Performance focusWhile wistfully remembering the recent family reunion, The Distant Relative: recreates a scene that depicts the uncomfortable experience The Distant Relative had at the family

reunion creates a montage of dramatic images depicting some of The Distant Relatives experiences that have

earned them the distinction of being the black sheep of the family creates a scene that explores another persons experience of being an outsider.

Performance style Non-naturalisticConvention Exaggerated movementDramatic element Conflict

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Stimulus material for Section A Question 2

Source: Painting of soldier and poet Sir Philip

Sidney, c. 1576, artist unknown, National Portrait Gallery, London

Source: Thomas Rowlandson, A Little Tighter, hand-coloured etching, published by SW Fores,

18 May 1791

Source: Lacing a Dandy, cartoon, c. 1819, artist unknown

VCE Drama Written examinationExamination specificationsSample questionsInsert for Section A

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